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Johannes Brahms (1833 - 1897)

Strange to say, many sources still consider Brahms to be a conservative composer of absolute music. But the perception of Brahms has changed substantially - started by Arnold Schönberg's talk «Brahms, the Progressive» in 1933. Many of the sources below seem to be not aware of this. I recommend the following books (both in German) if you want to learn more about musicology's view of Brahms' historical role:
«Johannes Brahms oder Die Relativierung der "absoluten" Musik»
H.-W. Heister (ed.), Bockel Verlag, Hamburg, Germany. 1997.
«Verteidigung des musikalischen Fortschritts - Brahms und Schönberg»
A. Dümling (ed.), Argument-Verlag, Hamburg, Germany. 1990.


A list of internet resources with information on Brahms is given below. The list is very incomplete and subject to a continuous expansion. If you know other good resources please tell me.



Johannes Brahms WebSource

Davidsbündler Home Page: The Centennial of the Death of Brahms

Classical Music Pages: Johannes Brahms



The Keys to Brahms's Music. Jeffrey Dane. 1999.

Der treue Johannes oder: Brahms zum 100. Todestag. Beatrix Borchard. 1997. (in German)

Brahms Piano Concerto No. 1 - An Introduction with Recommended Recordings. Johann D'Souza. 1998.

Articles on Brahms by Bernard D. Sherman



ClassicalNet: Master Review Index by Composer: Brahms

The InkVault: Classical Music: Bl-Bu

Gramophone's Recommended Recordings: Brahms



Song Texts (REC Music Foundation)

Brahms-Museum Mürzzuschlag

The American Brahms Society


Last update:
August 2, 2002 by Alexander Nareyek